Notre Dame Adds Second U.S. Army All-American
LEMONT, ILL. (September 27, 2006) – Today, Aaron Nagel of Lemont was named a 2007 U.S. Army All-American. He is the first of three athletes from the state of Illinois to be selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl EAST Squad. Nagel joins a group of extraordinary student-athletes and future Notre Dame teammates, including, Jimmy Clausen, selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday, January 6, 2007 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. This classic East vs. West match-up will be televised live on NBC at 12:00 Noon (CST) and will feature the nation’s top 80 high school football athletes.
Since its inception, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been a key launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars. Nagel joins the likes of Reggie Bush, Vince Young, Brady Quinn, and Adrian Peterson who all made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans.
“We are excited to see this fine young man represent his school and community as a U.S. Army All-American,” said Colonel Thomas Nickerson, Director of Strategic Outreach for the U.S. Army Accessions Command. “The U.S. Army recognizes the value of individual talents toward achieving team goals, and Aaron Nagel’s abilities and dedication make him a strong addition to the game.”
Aaron Nagel is a standout safety at Lemont Township High School and was one of 400 players nominated nationally and then ultimately selected by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee. The committee consists of Scout.com, Tom Lemming, and SportsLink. As a U.S. Army All-American, Nagel is eligible for the following honors: National H.S. Player of the Year Award, Walter Payton Trophy, AFL Ironman of the Year, U.S. Army Scholar Athlete Awards, and the Glenn Davis and Doc Blanchard U.S. Army Awards.
“Aaron Nagel is the top safety prospect in the state of Illinois, and one of the best in the nation,” said Garrett Shea, Director of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. “Aaron shows terrific speed and instincts, his style of play reminds the Bowl of 2003 U.S. Army All-American safety, Tom Zbikowski. Aaron has the ability to play up in the box and stop the run, or drop back into coverage and shut the opposition down. He is a great all-around athlete and the Bowl is proud to have him join the U.S. Army All-American class of 2007.”
As a U.S. Army All-American, Nagel will have the opportunity during Bowl week to participate in a series of Army leadership and teamwork sessions, NFL athlete seminars, study hall sessions, and goal setting and achieving workshops.
As part of being selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, each athlete’s head coach is invited to travel to San Antonio compliments of the U.S. Army and attend the U.S. Army National Coaches Clinic presented by Prep Sports Online.